Alice After Hours, by Galia Ryan: A Strong Woman Follows her Fantasies

aliceAlice likes to be in charge. Not this time.

Alice After Hours ($11.95, 136 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-361-7), is the latest erotic romance by Galia Ryan.

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Alice After Hours is a dominant woman taking a turn on the other side. Again, lots of character story as Alice explores submission with an interesting man she meets on the internet.… This felt like a real story happening to a real woman.”  Read more….

—Madame JoJo, The Ultimate Pet Blog

“Wow. This was a great read. I loved the whole premise of it…. I liked the main character and everything that she brought to the story…. Overall, this is a fast-paced, steamy read that you will love if you are looking for something a little more wild.”  Read more….

—NaturalBri: Bri Wignall’s Reviews

“This story did a very nice job of depicting the gradual foray into a foreign world that challenges the heroine’s preconceptions and expands her sexual horizons. The sensual assault and gradual introduction to power exchange, uncomplicated by a focus on BDSM, is artfully described and the reader is drawn along on this woman’s journey. As with the other story I have read by this author, I enjoyed the smoothly flowing prose and the nicely evoked atmosphere…. This is definitely a very sensual story about one woman’s seduction into the submissive lifestyle.”  Read more….

—The Reading Addict

“It is well written. I must admit I do like this author’s style. For erotica it is definitely hot and steamy in all the right places…. It was interesting to read and entertaining for me.”  Read more….

—Brriske, for Romance Authors That Rock

Galia has an enthusiastic following, thanks to her Luxuria Trilogy: Choices, Secrets, and Desires:

“Desires is Book 3 in the Luxuria Trilogy and it doesn’t lose the momentum that Choices (Book 1) and Secrets (Book 2) set! I was so lucky to have all 3 books at my disposal; otherwise it would’ve been driving me crazy with anticipation as to what would happen next!!…. This is a trilogy that will keep you reading from start to finish. I couldn’t put the books down until I found out what I needed to know…. I give the Luxuria Trilogy as a whole … 5 Stars!” —Robin Malone, Book Reads and Reviews

5 Stars: “I was immediately captivated by Anna and her story. Choices, the first novel in a new trilogy, was sexy, indulgent and satisfying. I can’t wait to read the rest of Anna’s journey as she continues to discover herself and all the pleasures life has to offer. This is a great choice if you are looking for some light BDSM and erotic entertainment.” —Bookie Nookie Reviews

Alice once believed in love, but after her fiancé left her at the altar, she swore off commitment. Now she lives for work and casual flings, the less complicated the better, and she must be in charge. One evening Alice stumbles across an Internet chat room inhabited by submissives and dominants—women who believe that true fulfillment lies in total surrender and men eager to dictate the terms.

Archangel enters the chat room and lures Alice into a private conversation, one that throws her beliefs about female empowerment into doubt. In person he is even more enticing, inviting her to his home, but only if she is willing to put her fate in his hands. If Alice agrees to follow him down the rabbit hole, everything must proceed according to Archangel’s rules. At first she resists, but curiosity gets the better of her and soon she is at the point of no return. Will this strange adventure lead to misery, or happiness beyond her wildest dreams?

Says Ryan, “I know the corporate world from my own day job. Women who must compete in that world need to be tough and in charge. So I thought, what fun to take such a woman and throw her off-balance by putting her fate in the hands of the ultimate alpha male? This is really an erotic Alice in Wonderland story, with Alice entering a totally foreign world of fantasy that I hope will be great fun for my readers as well.”

Convent-educated from the age of four, Galia Ryan was brought up not to question. Perhaps because of this, she has always been fascinated by all things esoteric and “outside the square.” Originally from Sussex, England, and now living in New Zealand with her soul-mate husband and grown-up family, Galia tries to find time between her passions for writing and reading and for her other love—travel. There is always a growing list of must-see places. Galia is the author of the Luxuria Trilogy—Choices, Secrets, and Desires—and two novellas, Forsaking All Others and The Outsider. Click here.

Keep reading for an excerpt:

She caught her reflection in the mirrored shelves behind the bar. Hair piled up on top of her head, gray eyes wide and alluring thanks to lash extensions, and a perfectly applied pout of glossy red lipstick.

Okay, she might have overdone it a little. But she had a point to make.

Unless she truly had been taken in, and was wasting her time.

And then she saw him.

Behind, and a little to the right, he was looking directly at her, and suddenly her heart was beating loud enough for everyone in the place to hear, for she’d never imagined for one moment he’d be that attractive.

Locking his reflected gaze, she lifted her glass to her lips once more. It was a gesture of defiance. Of insolence even, and in response he raised an eyebrow and grinned.

And then he was leaning an elbow on the bar and signalling to the bartender.

“Hi,” he said to her, his voice warm and thankfully non-threatening. “Glad you could make it. Drink?”

He was indicating the remnants in her glass.


“And it is …?”

“Oh. Bourbon.”

“Neat? I should have guessed.”

“Why?” Alice was still bemused by his appearance. He looked nothing like she’d imagined.

“Because you’re only here to prove a point.”

Gathering their drinks, he led her over to the brick hearth and a couple of comfortable armchairs. After settling in and taking a mouthful of wheat beer, he placed his pint on the low table between them

“I would ask if you’ve travelled far,” he said, “but I doubt you’d tell me.”

“You’re right,” she replied, “I wouldn’t.”

“Well, my journey was relatively short.”

“And no doubt why you chose this place.”

“That, and other reasons.”

“Such as?”

“A very good restaurant around the corner, for one.”

Alice wished his eyes weren’t quite so distracting. And that his features weren’t so strong and defined. Why couldn’t he have been balding and rippled with excess weight, or his skin blotchy, with a nasty sheen of sweat? Instead he was so darned good-looking it was as if the ground had shifted beneath her. She needed to reassert herself.

“I see. So this is your local?”

He shook his head.

“Not particularly. Though I come here enough to be known to some of the staff. What about you? Any favourite haunts around where you live?”

“Not really. A wine bar close to where I work in the city, but other than that, no.”

There was a moment of silence.

He didn’t look like a man who enjoyed dominating women, she thought. Though exactly what such a person should look like she had no idea. What had she expected? An overpowering persona, and conversation littered with barely contained demands and innuendo?

Instead, Archangel was relaxed, and if she were to choose one word, she would describe him as engaging.

“I almost didn’t come,” she said after a moment.

He nodded, as if he expected nothing less.

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